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NEW ORLEANS — GE announced the appointment of Ralph Exton to serve as a member of the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va., according to a press release.

Exton has extensive experience in various leadership, business and international roles and has over 25 years of advanced water treatment and water purification experience. Exton’s position on the board took effect September 29.

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In addition to his current role as the chief marketing officer — water and process technologies for GE Power & Water, Exton also leads the ecomagination program and water reuse and reduction initiatives, as well as the Water for Humanity program at GE.

Exton is an active member of International Desalination Association and is co-chair for the AIChE Society for Water Solutions, noted the release.

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Furthering his business and leadership experience, Exton is the business program manager for the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program designed to attract, retain and grow a diverse and global population of future sales and marketing leaders for the business, stated the release.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the WEF board and to be amongst this group of distinguished professionals from the water industry,” said Exton. “I look forward to engaging with the other board members to address the ongoing water challenges our world faces every day.”

Read the entire press release here.